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I have only SMS but now I need iron

I have an established tank full of SMS but I forgot to put a layer of laterite down.

Should I get chelated iron and dose with my other ferts, or drain the tank down and add laterite?

What is a good brand of laterite and how much laterite do I need for a 55 gallon AGA?

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What plants are you growing? You could use fert tabs of some kind if you have heavy root feeding plants.
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I was looking into Laterite balls to stick under my substrate and cover with more SMS.

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You could use plant tabs no problem. Just make sure you place them deep.
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Dose Plantex CSM or some type of chelated iron product. You will be fine.
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Like Rex said Dose CSB or you can try Flourish Iron. Just test for it and add what you need to get your levels up. From what I read you don't have water in it yet, right? I'm running SMS in my 90 and don't have to supplement iron to much. Food for thought just what I have noticed.
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